storytelling night

lazilydeepcoffee  asked:

(please bear with me) Okay, so, I'm a 15 year old freshman in highschool, and I've wanting to create some sort of series, whether it be a comic, or something else for a few years. I haven't too serious about it, but after one my of my friends showed me your video, for some reason, i was especially inspired. Now, I already have one character... but that's all i got. How did you come up with the things in your film? And did you ever experience "writer's block"? and if so, how did you deal with it?

No worries dude!  So okay, I’m gonna’ be honest, when I read this, I was hit with such a weird mix of, like, “god this is literally impossible to answer”, and “man I remember feeling that way when I was 15″.  So I guess the best thing I could do is elaborate.

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As you wish (Dwalin x Reader)

Disclaimer: I have no rights to the Princess Bride, or J.R.R.Tolkien or Peter Jackson’s work.

Word Count: 1599


Dark was the night. Silent and eerily empty as the dwarves all sat side by side, staring out into the forest or sharpening their weapons.

Not the soft crunch of a falling leaf nor the whistle of wind was heard in the encompassing and never ending emptiness surrounding you. The silence seemed to last for hours before it was broken by a sudden voice. A strong vibrant tone belonging to that of Bofur as he asked; “Lass, could you tell us another one of your stories?” Immediately, excited murmurs of agreement sprung through the air and you felt a tender smile stretch across your lips.

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I tell stories,” he says… “It’s not that important…”
“It is important,” the man in the grey suit interrupts. “Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift… There are many kinds of magic, after all.
—  The Night Circus (by Erin Morgenstern)
It wasn’t a dark and stormy night. It should have been, but that’s the weather for you.
—  Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, Good Omens.
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Night at Camp Backstory (2/3)

A Different Kind of Strength - Part 1

“Knock knock.”

Frisk’s head popped out of their blanket coccoon in surprise.  It was the middle of the night, when shadows and silhouettes had every opportunity to be something sinister at first glance.  They stared at the bedroom door, terrified for a moment, until they recognized Sans’ lazy grin in the dim light.

The child sniffled.  “Who’s there?” they croaked, then tried to clear their throat.

Sans straightened his posture.  “Hawaii.”

“H… Hawaii who?”

“A little tired, but fine, thanks,” he shrugged as he strode to Frisk’s bedside.  “How’re you, kid?”

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Le conteur d’étoiles (the stars teller)


“-Haven’t you ever wanted to go out of your forest ?
- I don’t know how to find my way and I don’t want to get lost : I share a strong bond with this place that I call home.
- I can teach you.”
And so the nameless boy taught Babayaga how to decipher the stars. He freed her by passing down his knowledge. From this time, staying in her forest was her choice to make.

Here is my latest illustration, done as part of my Babayaga personal project, that I am slowly developping. Stay tuned to see more ! 

sanitys-rebellion  asked:

Hello, I've been scrolling through your blog and I came across a tag that says you listen to story telling podcasts. Do you have any recommendations?

Yes!! love storytelling - listening, reading, writing, telling - but I don’t have as much time as I’d like to devote. I do have loads of time at work, thus this list. (If you have any recs, let me know!)

live storytelling:

the lapse - true stories / gussied up

mortified -  adults sharing their most embarrassing childhood artifacts

the moth - true stories told live (highly produced)

porchlight - more intimate version of the moth, san francisco based

risk - true tales, boldly told

spark - london based live storytelling events

true story - a night of true tales told to friends

interview-centered/curated storytelling:

criminal -  interviews about crime

everything is stories - turns storytelling on its head

love+radio -  eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime

outlook - bbc gathers narratives from around the world

strangers - lea thau is amazing and i love her interviews  

snap judgment - storytelling with a beat

state of the human - stanford storytelling project

this american life - stories centered around a theme

personal recordings/narratives:

the listening project - british people overheard (SO DELIGHTFUL)

radio diaries - giving people tape recorders since 1996

storycorps - americans record each others’ stories

unfictional - independent producers, super interesting

favorite storytellers:

99% invisible - roman mars

kcrw independent producers project

the memory palace - nate dimeo

mystery show - starlee kine

nocturne - vanessa lowe

serial - sarah koenig

strangers - lea thau

theory of everything - benjamen walker

third coast festival - sundance of audio storytelling tbh

audio fiction:

black list table reads - unpublished screenplays into movies for your ears

black tapes podcast - serialized docudrama/paranormal

no sleep podcast - horror stories from the reddit forum

stories from the borders of sleep - original, fantastic and curious tales

the truth - short movies for your ears

special interest storytelling:

99% invisible - design

the memory palace - history

radiolab - science, lots of editing

story collider - science

audio interviews with authors about storytelling/writing:

i should be writing - mur lafferty

npr author interview selection

nytimes archives

otherppl - brad listi 

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You happened to be absent from one storytelling night, May. Coulson told them all about Steve and the Howling Commandos and Peggy and Howard and the war against HYDRA and the foundation of S.H.I.E.L.D. But he made them swear not to speak a word about it.